First Line Friday (week 108): Portrait of Vengeance

Posted June 1, 2018 by meezcarrie in Carrie Stuart Parks, Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, mystery/suspense / 23 Comments


Happy Friday!

And welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.


I’m continuing my feature of recent award nominees/finalists that I haven’t previously used for a FLF post.

The book I’m featuring today is Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks,
which was a nominee for the 2017 RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards!

And the first line is…

“Someone had left the front door open.”

Congratulations, Carrie, on the much-deserved nomination!!


Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

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23 responses to “First Line Friday (week 108): Portrait of Vengeance

  1. Natalya Lakhno

    “Samantha Diederik’s computer rang with the incoming video call” Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna Weaver

  2. Another one I haven’t read yet that I would really like to read. *sigh*

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘A Solace of Water’ by Elizabeth Byler Younts this week, but as Ronie Kendig has just released the new and revised edition of Wolfsbane (one of my all-time favourite books!) I’m going to share the first line of that here:

    Blood dripped into his left eye.

  3. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading shortly, Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston……

    Allen Lambert rolled onto his side and yawned. His eyes blinked open , and his large but dark bedroom came into clear focus. The green numerals on his battery-operated digital clock read 2: 12. What had awakened him so early?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!??

  4. Caryl Kane

    PROLUGE
    May 1, 1815

    BEAWORTHY, DEVONSHIRE, ENGLAND
    We observed the first of May as we always did. – The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

    Happy Weekend, Carrie! ((((HUGS))))

  5. Over on my blog, I’m featuring the first line from Tara Johnson’s “Engraved on the Heart”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 14.
    “Keziah wrapped the cloak around her shoulders and eased her bedroom door open, wincing at the gentle creak that echoed down the dark hallway.”

    Do be sure to drop by my blog page and enter the giveaway!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Kay Garrett

    Prologue
    Bruce fumbled behind his ears, adjusted the elastic band necessary to hold his Santa Claus beard in place. His salt-and-pepper hair was mostly white around temples, the only places not covered by a traditional Santa hat, so he fit the part well.
    AMISH CELEBRATIONS
    By Beth Wiseman

  7. Gloria

    Happy Friday! Portrait of Vengeance is a great book. I am reading the new book by Patricia Bradley that is coming out this Tuesday, June 5th, Justice Betrayed. It’s another great book!

    Prologue
    June 1980

    Shirley traced her finger over her mother’s image in the photo, then shoved the picture into the backpack with her other possessions.

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from A Rebel Heart by Beth White:
    April 20, 1863
    Ithaca Plantation
    Selah could hear the horses thundering closer, oncoming hell and destruction.

  9. alisha woods

    The last thing Rose Jackson saw before she was cold cocked with a plastic sailboat fender was the body of Jefferson Cameron being dragged across his kitchen floor, Sofie Ryan. Just started reading it

  10. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark:

    “Garret Stevenson kicked the snow off his boots, climbed the steps to the roofed platform of the Union Pacific Railroad station and stopped.”

  11. Laura Shuck

    “Is there a medical professional aboard the plane?”

    Chapter One, Line One
    Beauty in Broken Places
    Allison Pataki

  12. One of my current reads is A Proposal to Die For, the first Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery by Vivian Conroy:

    ‘Marry me.’ The whispered words reached Lady Alkene Callender’s ears just as she was reaching for the gold lighter on the mantelpiece to relight the cigarette in her ivory holder.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Tessa Afshar’s upcoming novel, Thief of Corinth, due out in July. Here I will post the first line from the novel I’m about to begin, This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller.

    November, 1852
    Canadian Rocky Mountains

    “I am the luckiest man alive.”

    Makes you want to read to find out why he’s the luckiest man alive, huh?! Lol! ?

  14. Sigh. This is still on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up.

    I’m sharing about “No One Ever Asked” by Katie Ganshert on the blog, but I’m currently reading, “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd.

    Alarm’s menacing sting picked Kate Dearborne’s consciousness and hurried her steps.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!

  15. Melissa

    Keeper by Jessica L. Randall

    “I picked up speed, as if I could somehow leave the eerie feeling of being watched behind me.”

    I loved this read and I actually asked the author if she was doing a sequel because left off with something more to look forward too. It was very clean read, plenty of action, and sweet budding romance. It is even nominated for a swoony award.

  16. Oh my! That means–do not enter the front door. Yet for some reason, people in mystery films always seem to enter the house that has been burglarized. Happy reading!

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